Internship Experience

IWP interns reflect on their experience

Nine interns from colleges and universities around the United States recently completed the IWP fall internship program. They worked on various research topics including grand strategy, cyber intelligence, Chinese propaganda, and Afghan peace talks. Here, they reflect on their experience doing research, auditing courses, connecting with IWP faculty and staff, and growing professionally.

Sean Honesty

“IWP opened the door for my fellow interns and me to get a sense of the rigor of graduate school coupled with the ability to dive deeper into a field we love.”
-Sean Honesty
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“IWP’s internship program is an ideal entrance to the world of statecraft and national security. The ability to learn from top practitioners across multiple fields was invaluable as I gained the experience necessary to advance my career.”
-Gavin
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Collins Alexander

“My internship with IWP was nothing short of fantastic. I learned that the IWP community is a family. Its staff and faculty care about your wellbeing, aspirations, and success.”
-Collins K. Alexander
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Hailey Comer

“I highly encourage anyone interested in the national security field or graduate studies to intern with IWP. This experience is certainly one you cannot get anywhere else.”
-Hailey Comer
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Sally Bobbitt

“Even though the Fall 2020 internship was virtual due to the coronavirus, I was able to achieve my personal and academic goals of furthering my knowledge of national and international security, as well as begin to expand my networking base.”
-Sally Bobbitt
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“I knew that every task I received was meaningful and contributed to the sharing and acquiring of global knowledge of IWP students, alumni, and the general population.”
-Amelia Whiteley
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Evan Gertler

“Having been to the Institute now as both a guest [at extracurricular lectures] and an intern, I can definitively say that IWP wholly prepares you for a successful career in national security.”
-Evan Gertler
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